Netflix has a much anticipated Fyre Festival documentary, FYRE, coming out this Friday. However, competing streaming service Hulu has beaten Netflix to the punch with a documentary of their own, Fyre Fraud.
The differences between the two documentaries lies in the people interviewed and the type of content shown. Hulu’s Fyre Fraud features an exclusive interview with Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland, as well as interviews with media figures including Jake Horowitz from MIC, Polly Mosendz from Bloomberg, and Jia Tolentino from The New Yorker.
Fyre Fraud directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason:
FYRE FRAUD is more than the story of a failed music festival in the Bahamas—this dark comedy is a cautionary tale for a generation.
Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment, and our votes in the age of Trump. McFarland’s staggering ambition metastasized in a petri dish of late-stage capitalism, corporate greed, and predatory branding, all weaponized by our fear of missing out.
Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.
We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor—but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant—to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole.
The documentary Fyre Fraud is now available on Hulu. Watch the trailer below.